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Grants and Bursaries


Grants and Bursaries from UEL

At UEL we are dedicated to enabling students to take their studies to a higher level.  We understand that a postgraduate level degree can allow career progression and a huge sense of personal fulfilment and so we support our postgraduate students financially with a range of scholarships bursaries.  Check if you are eligible to apply.

Grants and Bursaries from other sources

A variety of public, private and non-profit organisations offer postgraduate scholarships and grants that will help you to fund your postgraduate study. These include university grants, awards provided by charities and trusts, and international and national award schemes.

Particularly at postgraduate research level the number of funded places available is a very small proportion of the total. Typically, UK-domiciled students will find better opportunities for external funding, for example studentships from the UK Research Councils, than students from the EU and overseas. The British Government does not tend to provide funding for overseas candidates directly beyond the provision of "fees only" awards for citizens of European Union member countries who apply to the United Kingdom Research Councils. Sometimes money is made available by the Government of the United Kingdom through overseas development schemes that are targeted towards providing education for citizens of beneficiary countries. Such schemes are normally administered by the British Council. Potential applicants from countries outside the United Kingdom are recommended to make inquires through the local office of the British Council.

In addition to external sources of funding, it is advisable to check with Student Services Student Money Advice & Rights Team (requires login) and/or the International Office team as there may be supplementary grants, hardship loans and so forth available through UEL itself.

Securing funding for postgraduate study can be difficult. There is no way of guaranteeing that an application will be successful. There are, however, a number of things you can do to improve your chances. Here are some points to bear in mind.

  • Start early. Most funding bodies adhere to deadlines very strictly and will not accept late applications. You should allow plenty of time to obtain references or confirmation of an offer of a place. This may take several weeks or more especially if your referees are outside the UK.
  • Check your eligibility carefully (e.g. residency or type of study)
  • Put time and thought into your application. Most funding bodies receive a large number of requests. Carelessly completed applications are an easy way to weed out applicants.
  • Give full and relevant answers
  • Make sure your referees understand what you want to do, where and why.
  • Make contingency plans. Be realistic about your chances of success and be prepared to look elsewhere for sources of funding.
The Graduate School can advise about what may be available to postgraduate research students who are interested in finding external funding, and can offer advice and guidance on making applications. Unfortunately the Graduate School cannot undertake to find funding on behalf of prospective applicants.